SIT Faculty and Staff

  • Ana Rita Díaz-Muñoz

    SIT Faculty Publishes Book on Health Sector Reforms
    SIT Academic Director Ana Rita Díaz-Muñoz, together with two prominent economists from the health sector, has published a book examining changes incorporated in the health systems of three countries within the last two decades. Read more.

  • Brenda Pereyra

    SIT Faculty Member’s Book on Human Rights — Now in its Second Edition
    Academic Director Brenda Pereyra has just published the second edition of her tremendously successful book Movimientos sociales y derechos humanos en la Argentina. First published in 2011, the book is a collaborative effort involving Pereyra, co-editor Dr. Pablo Vommaro, and other human rights experts.

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  • Ismael Saavedra

    Bolivia Academic Director Explores Personal History Through Film Trilogy
    Ismael Saavedra, academic director of SIT Study Abroad’s Bolivia program, has directed dozens of films and documentaries. Many of his films wrap a personal history inside broader themes of political, economic, and military oppression.  

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  • Dr. Xavier Silva

    SIT Ecuador Faculty Publishes Field Guide on Butterfly Ecology
    Incorporating more than eight years of field research, Dr. Xavier Silva’s latest book, Ecuador’s Butterfly Ecology, seeks to promote the study of butterflies and moths as biological indicators of environmental change.

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  • Dr. Nat Quansah

    Academic Director Dr. Nat Quansah Coauthors Book on Natural Medicine
    “The book was a result of our desire to share with others what we’ve learned through research and firsthand experience about the use of natural remedies, particularly medicinal plants, in meeting our healthcare needs.”

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  • Each SIT program portfolio is supported by a collaborative team of academics—deans, on-site faculty, traveling faculty, and guest lecturers—and highly trained professional support staff.


    Who directs SIT programs?
    SIT programs are led by an academic director—an accomplished academic and experienced program manager who typically lives full time in the country of study. Academic and program directors are responsible for instructional content, synthesis of classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. These faculty, in close consultation with academic deans, craft a rigorous curriculum and design field and research experiences that match student needs and interests.

    Who provides instruction?
    To facilitate a highly immersive and academically rich study abroad experience, each program assembles an exceptional array of program contributors to serve as lecturers, Independent Study Project (ISP) advisors, workshop leaders, and local resources. Academic directors, traveling faculty, and country coordinators include tenured university professors, scientists, medical doctors, published authors, critically acclaimed artists, community activists, and others with extensive experience in higher education, study abroad, and international and local NGOs. They are experts in their fields and extremely well networked in-country.

    Guest lecturers and traveling faculty include leading academics at in-country universities, medical practitioners at local hospitals and clinics, political leaders, scientists conducting groundbreaking research, executive directors of NGOs and professional associations, MBAs, artists, community activists, and indigenous leaders. Language instruction is provided through SIT instructors and experienced faculty at language institutes and local universities.

    These individuals spend numerous hours with students and provide invaluable access and opportunities to explore local issues from the perspectives of the people who live there.

    What other support is provided?
    Students also benefit from the efforts of numerous local staff who provide vital academic, logistical, and cross-cultural support. Administrative staff on most programs includes a program assistant and homestay coordinator.

    Detailed faculty and staff biographies are available on each program’s web page.